Fishing in the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays is one of Australia’s premier fishing destinations. There saltwater creeks, estuaries, rivers and freshwater lakes within the stunning 74 tropical islands giving a huge variety of locations and a vast variety of fish to catch. Early spring is the best time of year to go, especially the month of September, sunny weather, low humidity and light winds make the perfect swimming and snorkeling conditions. Be sure to check where you can and can’t fish via GBRMPA. 

Where to Fish

Nearly all the Whitsundays are accessible by boat. The National parks usually have good beach campsites which puts you right in the heart of the action without having to go back to the mainland. If you prefer to have a local guide there are plenty of fishing charters to choose from. Also, there are many shore – base locations dotted around the town. If estuary fishing is your thing, we recommend the brand-new Proserpine River off Conway Road and watch the saltwater crocs while fishing, be sure to keep safe. Also there are many fishing companies in the Whitsundays that will be able to take you to some great spots. 


What to Catch

Blue and black marlin, bass and bream, sailfish, 6 species of mackerel, 7 species of coral trout, wahoo, dolphin fish, 11 species of trevally, 4 species of emperor, permit, queenfish, barramundi, cobia, mangrove jack,7 species of cod, jewfish, kingfish, chinaman, golden snapper, 5 species of tuna – just to name a few!


If you have your own boat

Airlie beach is serviced by 4 public boat ramps, all which have free parking and no launch fees! The newest and best is located at the Port of Arlie marina which has an all-tide access. There are also launching ramps at Cannonvale at the VMR and at the coral Sea Marina complex. Shute Harbour also has a great boat ramp, it’s currently closed due to the development of the new Shute Harbour Terminal. 


Getting There

Located in the Whitsundays Region.